Desmond Rory Duffy, Finance Expert in San Francisco, CA, United States
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Desmond Rory Duffy

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

San Francisco, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 6, 2017

Rory helped raise $50 million in equity and debt capital—creating investor decks and dynamic financial models for a Silicon Valley company. He's qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and has an engineering background with international experience in multiple industries. Rory joined Toptal to help new companies build out financial business modeling tools and enable them to achieve their financial goals.

Career Highlights

VP of Finance
Navdy, Inc.
SMC Power Public Company Limited
M2 Engineering

Education Highlights

Chartered Accountant
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Bachelor's Degree with Honors
University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology

Work Experience

VP of Finance

2015 - 2017
Navdy, Inc.
  • Led the external fundraising efforts with the CEO for Seed and Series A funding rounds of $6 million and $22 million respectively, as well as ~$10 million in follow-on equity bridge financing. The main investors were Upfront, Promus Ventures, Qualcomm, Allstate, Formation 8, and Lightbank.
  • Secured $10 million from a Silicon Valley bank, comprised of $5 million in term loan debt and $5 million in working capital facilities.
  • Secured $15 million of convertible debt finance from Harman (acquired by Samsung). This was in parallel with the marketing department also securing a distribution agreement with Harman for Navdy products.
  • Built out all financial models for internal projections and external fundraising efforts.
  • Created the financial and reporting systems and recruited staff for the company.
  • Oversaw the legal and corporate governance matters for the company, implementing an e-shares platform and handling investor communications.
Focus areas: Employee Stock Options, Pitch Decks, Financial Management, Financial Accounting, Financial Reporting, Equity Financing, Debt Raises, Investor Presentations, Cash Flow Modeling, Forecasting, Budget Management, Financial Systems, Finance Strategy, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)


2010 - 2014
SMC Power Public Company Limited
  • Oversaw the transition from automotive to a renewable energy-focused company which involved selling legacy assets, renegotiating outstanding debenture and bank debt, reclassifying listing with the stock exchange of Thailand, restructuring costs, and recruiting new staff for new business areas.
  • Completed the financing for two 10 MW waste-to-energy projects of ~$30 million each—where one was an all-equity deal and the other was composed of 40% in equity and 60% in bank financing.
Focus areas: Fundraising, Corporate Finance, Project Finance


2009 - 2010
M2 Engineering
  • Obtained an agreement for €100 million in equity funding for CIGS Solar manufacturing facilities in the US and Asia.
  • Oversaw the financial management of an international group of companies covering Sweden, Thailand, US, and Singapore.
  • Implemented NetSuite ERP—resulting in upgraded manufacturing processes and one integrated management reporting platform across multiple companies and countries.
  • Built and maintained financial models for internal projections, external fundraising, existing investors, and banks.
Focus areas: Financial Management, Financial Systems, Investor Relations, Investor Presentations, Pitch Decks, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
1989 - 1993

Chartered Accountant in Accounting

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - United Kingdom

1985 - 1988

Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology - Manchester, United Kingdom


13-week Cash Flow, Cash Flow Modeling, Cash Flow, DCF Valuation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Cash Flow Forecasting, Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Tax Planning, Valuation, Bank Debt Raises, Finance Strategy, Debt Raises, Equity Financing, Financial Reporting, Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Fundraising, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Financial Systems, Internal Audits, Capital Investment Appraisals, International Taxation

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Data & Analysis Software

Intuit QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, NetSuite

Industry Expertise

Technology, Renewable Energy, Consumer Products, Construction, Banking & Finance

Geographic Expertise

United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Sweden


Risk Modeling, Cash Flow Analysis, Pitch Decks, Budget Modeling, Manufacturing, Investor Presentations, Business Planning, Contract Review, Employee Stock Options, Systems, Systems & Procedures, Cost Analysis, Budget Management, Investor Relations, Online Marketing, Waste Management, Xero, Sage Online, Auditing, eCommerce

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